No. 8 Missy Elliott

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Missy Elliott – Acrylic on reclaimed board

A wildly creative artist, full of energy, wit and surreal humour and a hugely important producer, Missy Elliott is another inspiration.

Blogger Kelsey Manning sums her up better than I can on this post from 2015:

“Her massive success is even more impressive when you realize the incredible odds she has overcome. Missy grew up in an impoverished, abusive household with a violent father and a cousin who repeatedly sexually assaulted her. At 14, she and her mother escaped, fearing her father would kill them both. Missy Elliott is a survivor and a trailblazer, who has empowered black women and mentored younger female artists from Aaliyah to Ciara throughout her 20 years in the industry. She is one of the most inspiring, groundbreaking women in entertainment.”

Missy’s website.

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